In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth is guilty of committing treason against his king and country. He is purely and deliberately driven by dark desire, ambition, and murderous thoughts. As the play continues, it gets easier and easier for Macbeth to commit his heinous crimes. He not only kills the king, but continues to kill various people in order to secure his wrongfully obtained position. Macbeth also has many interactions with witches, who at the time are the definition of evil. One could say that Macbeth and depravity are two sides of the same coin. Macbeth is far more evil than any other character in the play, including Lady Macbeth.
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As the play continues, Macbeth becomes more ruthless by the minute. He no longer has to consult with his wife to be able to have innocent bloodshed. He takes it upon himself to kill anyone he feels poses a threat to him and the crown. For example, in beginning of the play, Banquo is seen as Macbeth’s closest friend, but Macbeth shows no sign of hesitation when he decides to have Banquo killed because he sees him as a threat to his power.
“And tho I could openly use my power to sweep him from my sight and justify it as my royal will, I must not, because of certain friends we have in common whose affection I can’t afford to lose: I must appear to mourn the death of the man who I myself killed. And this is why I woo you to come to my aid: I must hide the deed from the common eye.” (3.1.129-136)
From this passage it is evident that Macbeth wants Banquo dead, but cannot kill himself because of friends Banquo and him have in common. Instead he has murders take Banquo’s life as a favor to him. When the murders confirm Banquo’s death, Macbeth becomes overwhelmed with delight. This is the first indication that Macbeth is becoming a man who enjoys inflicting pain upon others, thus indicating that his attribute of evil is far greater compared to his wife’s.
Macbeth shows no sign of hesitation once again when his haunting doubts of Macduff are confirmed. “I’ll give to the sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls who might follow him.” (4.1.166-167) This is exactly what he ends up doing. Macbeth finds no wrong in spilling the blood of innocent people. The crime again was done with Lady Macbeth having no part in it. He is a man who finds himself immune to all resentment. Macbeth is a tyrant who is more evil than anyone who once influenced him, such as his wife.
Macbeth can also be considered more evil than his wife because he has many interactions with evil itself. An interpretation of the witches is...